48 months
36332 USD/year
36332 USD/year
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STEM Composite Major of Augustana University is an interdisciplinary program in the natural sciences, which may be declared as a second major in conjunction with another course of study. Pairing a strong background in math and/or science with a degree in journalism, business or secondary education, for example, will strengthen the resumes of future graduates.


STEM Composite Major of Augustana University draws faculty from the departments of mathematics, biology, chemistry and physics, and features the course "Navigating a Diverse Society for Equity in Math/Science," taught by Augustana’s director of diversity and inclusion programs. While the STEM composite major may be paired with a wide variety of second majors, one of the primary goals in the design of the curriculum is to complement the secondary education major.

Why Study Secondary Education and Mathematics/Science?

This major provides the flexibility for students to specialize in multiple STEM content areas, preparing them for certification in two fields. The South Dakota Department of Education has approved the major for undergraduate pre-service teachers pursuing certification.

Mathematics and science are federally designated teacher shortage areas in South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa, according to the U.S. Department of Education. Positions for chemistry and physics teachers are particularly difficult to fill, even in these states' largest districts; in smaller districts, teachers may be called upon to teach a course outside of their discipline. For example, the ability to teach physics in addition to mathematics or chemistry as well as biology will be “a huge plus in the interview,” said Cindy Kroon, president of the South Dakota Council of Teachers of Mathematics from 2015-17.

The pairing of the composite STEM major with a secondary education major is designed to integrate the triad of strong science/math content, evidence-based science and math pedagogy, as well as cultural competence, to assure inclusive excellence in STEM education.

More specifically, students completing the secondary education and STEM composite majors will:

  • Study in a learning community that fosters identity formation, self-efficacy, and confidence as STEM professionals and as a STEM educators, with particular emphasis on underrepresented groups in STEM.
  • Have expanded science and/or science and math content learning opportunities for secondary education teacher preparation.
  • Benefit from enhanced integration of content and pedagogy across science, math and education courses.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Navigating a Diverse Society for Equity in STEM
  • Calculus
  • Biological Principles
  • Genetics
  • Cell Biology
  • General Chemistry

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Apply online using the Augustana online application form or using the Common Application.
  • All secondary and post-secondary transcripts and/or national exam scores.
  • One letter of recommendation from a teacher or professor.
  • A Personal Statement (250 words minimum) describing a significant challenge you have overcome.
  • College Preparation Test Scores and/or English Language Test Scores from one or more of the following tests: ACT, SAT, TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo English Test, PTE, IKEN, TEC CBT, ELS Language Center's.
  • Financial Statement showing sufficient resources to support yourself for one academic year.
  • Completed International Student Financial Ability Form.
  • A copy of the photo page of your passport.

Tuition Fee

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Living costs for Sioux Center

1188 - 1844 USD /month
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